Sonoma County came out of the closet a long time ago, so it has earned its well-established street cred as one of the country’s most gay-friendly destinations.
That understood, it probably comes as little surprise that Sonoma County’s various towns are home to a number of gay-owned and gay-friendly accommodations. Still, knowing where to go and who to support with your pink lodging dollars can be challenging, but it need not be.
Guerneville alone has a plethora of options. Long a popular gay getaway, this river town offers something for every taste. For example, luxuriate in romance in the celebrated and decidedly upscale Applewood Inn (13555 Highway 116, Guerneville, 707-869-85090; enjoy a modern aesthetic and relaxing spa at the West Sonoma Inn & Spa (14100 Brookside Lane, Guerneville, 707-869-2470); relax in a county bed and breakfast setting at the Sonoma Orchid Inn (12850 River Road, Guerneville, 707-869-4466); or kick back in charmingly rustic cottages, cabins, or multi-room suites at The Woods resort (16484 4th St., Guerneville, 877-887-9218).
Meanwhile just 10 minutes down the road in Monte Rio on the banks of the Russian River, you’ll be charmed by the historic (1906) and gay-friendly Village Inn & Restaurant (20822 River Blvd., Monte Rio, 707-865-2304). And nearby is the equally gay-friendly Rio Villa Beach Resort (20292 Highway 116, Monte Rio, 707-865-1143), which beckons you to relax at the river (see photo).
Similarly, over in Cloverdale, you’ll find gay-friendly bed & breakfasts like Auberge on the Vineyard (29955 River Road, Clovedale, 707-894-5956), where they serve a three-course gourmet breakfast, and Old Crocker Inn (1126 Old Crocker Inn Road, Cloverdale, 800-716-2007), where in-room massages are on the menu of available amenities. Specifically for the ladies, The Egghouse at Asti Ranch is a guest cottage for women located about 18 minutes from Healdsburg and 10 minutes from Cloverdale.
The list goes on … and there are some stellar resources to help you identify the gay-friendly accommodations in Sonoma County that are right for you. Purple Roofs began back in 1999 with the goal of identifying the best small, “family owned” and gay-friendly accommodations. And TAG identifies not only gay-owned and gay-friendly lodgings but also gay-friendly services and hotspots (like transportation, tours, and wineries). Check them out and find out just how gay-friendly Sonoma County really is.
There’s just no reason not to be judicious with your pink dollars in Sonoma County. Why not spend them where they are most well received? I think you’ll find that the boomerang effect is a knockout (in a good way).